Saquon Barkley: It’s a blessing to get back on the field

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Giants running back Saquon Barkley didn’t light up the stat sheet or find the end zone in Sunday’s 27-13 loss to the Broncos, but being on the field was a pretty big accomplishment on its own.

Barkley tore his ACL in Week Two of the 2020 season and his place in the lineup for the season opener wasn’t made official until Sunday morning. He ran 10 times for 26 yards and caught one pass for a yard while splitting time in the backfield with Devontae Booker.

That isn’t the role anyone envisions for Barkley, but he came out of the game healthy and thankful for the chance to be back on the field.

“I feel pretty good. It’s not my normal workload,” Barkley said. “Usually, I’d probably have a lot more plays, but that’s all I’m saying. Obviously, we didn’t get the win. We’ve got go back, watch film, address it and get better for next week. But at the end of the day, it’s a blessing that I was able to — it was a milestone for me, I guess that you could say. I put a lot of hard work to be able get to get back on the field and I was able to accomplish that. It just didn’t go the way we would’ve liked. Great thing is there’s 16 more of those things to come.”

The Giants have a quick turnaround for Thursday night’s game in Washington and Barkley said that he will “see how my knee responds and take it day-by-day” when asked about the plan for him this week.

3 responses to “Saquon Barkley: It’s a blessing to get back on the field

  1. It’s also a curse to play behind the offensive line Dave Gettleman assembled.

    At least Jones was able to have his trademark fumble.

  2. Barkley didnt play any preseason snaps – so this type of performance was to be expected for his first go round – to get his feet wet and establish confidence in the knee during game action.

    That being said – is there a worse OC than Garrett? Play calls are terrible, and he should have taken advantage of Jones mobility in rolling him out more, to counteract the poor Oline play.

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